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Winter is coming. Autumn is officially here and our bees are busy at work collecting as much pollen and nectar as possible to help maintain their colonies through the cold winter months. Gone are the warm easy days of collecting clover, buckwheat, basswood and black locust pollen and nectar. Suddenly, days have become shorter. Weather becomes even more unpredictable and the threat of first frost looms on the horizon.
It has been a busy couple of weeks in my apiaries as I have been catering to the needs of several newly established colonies, transferring nucleus colonies to full hives, feeding and pulling honey for extraction. However, my most important task in late July was to monitor and treat for the most devastating threat to honeybees: Varroa destuctor, the varroa mite.
Seasons of Backyard Beekeeping. This new series by J. David Weidner will explore the many facets of backyard beekeeping throughout the seasons.
Honeybees are humble insects that benefit the environment in various ways. Unfortunately, many people lump bees in with wasps and other seemingly “harmful” insects and do whatever is necessary to remove them from their properties. But it’s important to be mindful of the beneficial roles bees play and to take steps to maintain healthy habitats so they can thrive.